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    SEPTEMBER 2017

  • Fundraising Guidelines – Cash Collections

    Cash Collections1

    This checklist applies to cash collections carried out by or on behalf of a charity, in public places, from house to house, at events or on private property such as in a shop or public house. The questions set out in Part 1 capture legal requirements in relation to such collections and direct you to what you must do as a charity when collecting cash in these circumstances. Part 2 contains questions which provide guidance in terms of best practice and indicate what a charity ought to do in such circumstances.

    Last updated: 28th September 2017

    1This checklist does not constitute legal advice and should not be considered a substitute for taking legal advice. The purpose of this checklist is to serve as a guide for the legal requirements and best practice associated with the specific fundraising activity. Law and best practice develop and are shaped over time. This checklist is current as at the date indicated as the date the checklist was last updated. Please read the Authority Guidance on Fundraising in advance of reading this document. Please read the introduction to these Codes in advance of and in conjunction with this Part 1.

  • Fundraising Guidelines – Cash Collections

    Part 1 Cash Collections Questions Yes/N/A Comment/Action Required

    Obtaining permits, permission and complying with conditions:

    Has the charity obtained a collection permit from the Garda Chief Superintendent in the area in which the charity is seeking to collect? Generally, an application for a permit should be made between 6 months and 14 days before the first day of the collection. You must ensure that the details in any application are true and accurate – it is an offence to include a statement that is false or misleading in any material respect in an application

    Are there any conditions attached to the permit and if so, can the charity comply with all such conditions?

    If you are collecting at an event or on private property, have you obtained permission from the promoter of the event or the owner?

    The collectors:

    Are all collectors aged 14 years or older? Please see the checklist entitled “Working with Children”.

    Have you provided each collector with a written authorisation (signed by an officer of the charity)? Any such authorisation must contain the following details:

    1) Name of the collector; 2) Address of the collector; 3) Age of the collector (or a statement to the effect that

    he or she is over 21 years old); 4) Purpose of the collection being held; and 5) Date(s) and time(s) of the collection

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    Questions Yes/N/A Comment/Action Required

    Have you informed all collectors that they must carry their written authorisation with them at all times while acting as a collector?

    It is an offence for a collector to refuse or fail to give a member of the Garda Síochána his or her name and address or written authorisation upon request.

    Where the charity’s employees or volunteers are acting as collectors, have you considered the charity’s health and safety obligations?

    For instance, as an employer, the charity is required, as far as reasonably practicable, to provide a safe place and system of work and must undertake an appropriate risk assessment. This may involve a consideration of the safety of the locality within which the campaign will be held. Adequate training must also be provided to collectors.

    The charity also has health and safety obligations towards non- employees such as volunteers. In this regard you must manage and conduct your work in a manner such that volunteers are not exposed to risks to their safety, health or welfare.

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    After the collection:

    Do you have policies and procedures in place that will enable you to comply with your obligations upon completion of the collection?

    Upon completion of the collection, you must:

    1) count and record the total amount of money collected;

    2) document how the money was applied and disposed of;

    3) account for receipt of the amount collected in your accounts; and

    4) keep all relevant receipts of other vouchers.

  • Fundraising Guidelines – Cash Collections

    Part 2 Cash Collections Questions Yes/N/A Comment/Action Required

    The Collection Boxes:

    Do all collection boxes display prominently and in a clearly legible manner the charity’s name and registered charity number?

    Are all collection boxes sealed? Collection boxes ought to be sealed in a way which prevents access to the cash until the box has been handed over to the charity.

    Have you informed the collectors that cash must be placed in the collection box either by the donor or in the presence of the donor?

    Have you informed the collectors that they must return the collection boxes to you unopened with the seal still intact?

    Have you provided each collector with a garment displaying clearly your charity’s name and registered number and informed them that they must wear it so that it is visible at all times to the public?

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    Counting, Banking and Receipts:

    Have you ensured that cash received: > is collected, counted and recorded by two unrelated

    individuals nominated by the fundraiser / organisation?; > is counted and bagged with tamper evident seals?; and > is counted and kept in a secure environment (coded

    safe / locked drawer for example) until it is possible to bank the money?

    Have you ensured that income summaries are carried out at the point of counting so that reconciliations with banking details can be completed at a later stage?

    Have you ensured that acknowledgments are issued where requested and practical to third party donors e.g. a coffee morning participant or fundraising event sponsor? This serves to ensure that a donor receives official confirmation that the donation was lodged with the charity and will be used for the purpose the donor intended.

    Do you have an agreement with the charity trustees / management as to the level of donations above which an acknowledgement to the donor is practical? In principle, it is best to acknowledge all donations. However that may not be practical or cost effective.

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    Do you have procedures in place for the following banking arrangements?:

    > Where possible, cash should be banked immediately. Night safe facilities should be considered for large amounts banked outside working hours. Cash not banked immediately should be placed in a sealed container in a secure place and storage procedures should be agreed in advance; and

    > Cash should never be left unattended or in an unattended environment. Consideration should be given to organising temporary insurance cover in these circumstances. For security measures two people should bank the cash where practical.


    Do you have procedures in place for reconciliation arrangements?:

    > At the earliest possible date, the fundraiser needs to ensure that reconciliation takes place between cash banked and income summaries; and

    > An individual not involved in the counting and cashing up should do the reconciliation where possible.

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    Petty cash floats:

    Do you have the following procedures in place for petty cash?:

    > Where a petty cash float is used on an ongoing basis it is advisable to operate an imprest system;

    > Issue sensible levels of float that are approved by a nominated individual. Where petty cash expenditure is paid from the float it should be recorded separately and receipts should be kept; and

    > No float should be left unattended or in view.

    Handling cash at events:

    Do you have procedures in place for handing cash at events? The following are some suggestions:

    > Choose practical pricing value for tickets or goods for sale in order to minimise cash handling (50 cent, €1, €10, €100 etc).Tickets for sale should be pre-numbered and sales and takings should be reconciled;

    > Nominate one individual with overall responsibility for overseeing cash handling;

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    > Consider ways in which cash can be handled securely, for example through the use of money belts;

    > Unsold tickets or programmes should be returned and reconciled with a record of cash received from each seller;

    > Discrepancies should be investigated without delay;

    > Pre-designated collectors should collect cash from sellers periodically. Alternatively, secure cash-receiving locations should be available to sellers;

    > Collections should be recorded on a summary page with a signature from the sellers signifying the amount of cash collected; and

    > All final amounts including floats should be collected and recorded from all locations at the